Actor Olivia Nikkanen, best known for her appearances in “The Society” and “Supergirl” series, says for the novel coronavirus she has been tested positive. The 21-year-old actor posted a health update with her co-star, Kathryn Newton, on Tuesday while performing on Instagram Live.
Nikkanen said she now feels “better” but still had some swelling in her throat. “This is a scary thing. It’s all-consuming. I’m glad that I’m okay and that my mom is okay,” she explained, adding that she and her mom have been social distancing in their apartment for more than two weeks.
The actor said the entire month she was sharing her symptoms and observations on Instagram. She fell sick on March 13, with body aches, mild chills and a temperature of 99.5 degrees. Her fever was 102.4 on March 14 and she had “terrible body aches and chills,” a stuffy nose and “major fatigue”
She lost her sense of smell and taste the following day, and was examined on March 16 and had further signs of a mild sore throat that had gone away the next day.
The actor said she felt tightness in the chest as her temperature shrank and was diagnosed on March 19. Nikkanen said she was using Tylenol to relieve her fever and chest pain, so she drank plenty of water and had a lot of rest.
“I feel extremely lucky to be able to stay home and fully recover, it is a privilege, though it should be a right. If you are also in that position, please think about the people who are not able to take time off work.”
She further stated “We are living in an unprecedented time that will no doubt change history forever and no person should be left behind. If I can flatten the curve and protect those at risk, I will do so gladly.”